Walk for Hospice Brings Community Together at St. John’s Prep

St. John's Prep was host for the 29th annual Care Dimensions Walk for Hospice on Sunday, October 2nd. Despite the drizzle, participants brought their own kind of sunshine as they walked and smiled along the three-mile course, honoring the lives, courage and memories of loved ones. The walk raises vital funds to provide hospice and palliative care. Photos from the event can be seen here and a second gallery by Joe DeBlasio '17 here! 

 

This is the 14th year that St. John’s hosted the event, which brings the entire community together.  "On behalf of all of us at Care Dimensions, I want to thank the St. John's Prep community for welcoming us so graciously all these years. You are wonderful hosts," said Diane Stringer, the president and CEO of the Danvers-based Care Dimensions before introducing Headmaster Ed Hardiman to the crowd.

 

Dr. Hardiman said he couldn’t have been more proud of the staff, crew, parents and teachers from the Prep community, giving a special shout out to the St. John’s facilities team who had arrived at 5:30 a.m. to set up for the event in the rain.

 

Walking teams in various outfits and a rainbow of vibrant colored t-shirts, many with a photo of their loved one on the front, conveyed the spirit of the day.  Patrick, a golden retriever trained as a therapy dog at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers, also participated in the walk, along with many other pooches in outfits that matched their team colors.

 

Many schools participated in the walk, with large contingents from Danvers High School, Masconomet Regional High School, Bishop Fenwick and of course, our own Prep students.

 

This annual event raises funds to provide hospice care to those in need throughout the North Shore and Greater Boston communities. Care Dimensions, formerly Hospice of the North Shore and Greater Boston, is the largest non-profit hospice organization in Massachusetts. For more than 35 years they have provided terminally ill patients and their families with hospice and palliative care services. Their new name, Care Dimensions, was chosen because it better reflects the many dimensions of care they provide for not only patients, but also their families.

 

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St. John's Prep Students at the Walk for Hospice

 

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St. John's Prep students at the Walk for Hospice

 

 

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